AirBnB is Constantly telling me that I need to lower my rates to improve my Occupancy Rate. But… I don’t care about my occupancy rate… I care about being paid fairly for the outstanding value I offer the traveling public. If I wanted to work harder for less, I could lower my rates, but personally I’m almost too busy.
That Booking Rate is worthless. People looked at my listing… how many of those people booked? It is a worthless number. It doesn’t matter to me. How many people looked at my listing and found that it wasn’t available during the dates they wanted to stay? They looked… They saw nothing available… They left the webpage… and my stats reflect another potential booking lost, when there wasn’t a booking to be made regardless.
Here’s Classic AirBnB Garbage, I received this morning…
There are existing reservations in place which are in conflict with some or all of the dates of each of these “Missed” bookings. Someone else picked up the slack… someone else was happy to receive a booking at $38 to $57 per night less than I’m willing to accept. What they have to offer and what I have to offer are two different things. I am NOT going to lower my rates just because someone else has crap for standards, and I seriously don’t care what my “Booking Rate” is. I’m Booked… I’m almost Too Booked… I’m doing fine.
AirBnB just doesn’t get it… I’m Booked… Lowering my rates per their suggestions won’t magically make those booked nights suddenly available. I didn’t “Miss” those bookings because my rates are too high. I missed those bookings because I have nothing available during the dates another potential guest wanted to reserve.